LENT, WELL SPENT
This week in our Lent, Well Spent program, we invite you to reflect on the Eucharist. When we receive Holy Eucharist, God gives us the gift of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In the consecrated bread and wine, we receive all of Jesus — His body, blood, soul and divinity. We touch, taste, and feel Jesus intimately within our own bodies. Jesus has become food to nourish our bodies and nurture our souls.
Join us in praying this prayer:
O Sacred Banquet,
in which Christ is received,
the memory of His Passion is recalled,
the soul is filled with grace,
and the pledge of future glory is given to us,
heal us, strengthen us, nurture us;
unite us in your love.
Help me to be a source of
your loving presence in the world.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Read John 6:27-40, 51. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), and “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:51). Repeat these verses a few times and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what Jesus is saying to you.
Reflect on your own intimate encounter with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. What does Jesus want to give you through the gift of Holy Eucharist? How might you receive Him more fully?
Additional Questions for Reflection:
- How have you encountered Jesus in the Eucharist? in Adoration?
- The Eucharist calls us to be bread for the world. What does this mean for you?
- What does it mean to be a Eucharistic People?
- In Holy Communion, Jesus brings us into union with the Blessed Trinity and with one another who receive Him. What might this mean for how we are called to love?
Join us on Wednesday evening, March 4th to delve into these questions. We will offer the opportunity for faith sharing for those who might want to talk with others about their insights on the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
Here are a few video clips from trusted Catholic sources which offer additional insight into the Sacrament of Eucharist. We hope they will assist you in prayerful reflection on this precious and intimate gift of Jesus.
- Bishop Robert Barron: Comments of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. 11 minutes
- Fr. Larry Richards, The Gift of the Eucharist, from Holy Thursday, 2016. 3 minutes
- Fr. Stephen Bell, CSP, Sacraments: 201: Eucharist - What We Believe, BustedHalo.com. Just over 9 min.
Some Additional Prayers:
all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank you,
for even though I am a sinner,
you have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation but forgiveness and salvation.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and the power to do good.
May it unite me more closely to you, the one true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting life.
And, I pray that you will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with your Son and Holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness with your saints.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
that with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.